SOAS University of London

Health and Safety

Lone Working

Lone workers are those who work alone or in isolation without close or direct supervision from colleagues. Lone working also occurs where colleagues may be in the next room or on other floors in the same building. Lone working can be in fixed locations or between various different work locations and can occur at any time, either during normal working hours or out of hours
While there are no specific regulations pertaining to lone working and no legal requirement indicating that lone working must not happen, SOAS still has a duty of care to assess the associated risks involved with such activity, as dictated by the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) and The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999). These regulations require identifying the hazards found at work, assessing the risks arising from these hazards, and then putting measures in place to control the risks.

Please refer to our Lone Worker guidance document that can be found on this page and also incorporates a risk assessment template.